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Grind appears in the following tongue twister:

  • How much ground could a grounghog grind if a groundhog could grind ground?

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Definition of the noun grind

What does grind mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: grinds

  1. an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
  2. the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
    • example: a coarse grind of coffee
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: degree / grade / level = a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
  3. hard monotonous routine work
  4. the act of grinding to a powder or dust

Alternative definition of the noun grind


  1. A specific degree of pulverization of coffee beans.
  2. A tedious task.
  3. A grinding trick on a skateboard or snowboard.

Specialised definition of the noun grind

Glossary of sports / skateboard

a move in which one of the trucks is scraped along a rail, wall edge or other surface (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb grind

What does grind mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. press or grind with a crushing noise
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Carol crushed the ice
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb]That chisel carves well | That hammer crushes well | This knife cuts well
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient]The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb]Marble carves easily | The bread cuts easily | The ice crushes easily

      Verbs of Cutting (with the same syntax): bruise, chip, cleave, crumble, crumple, crunch, crush, cube, dent, dice, fillet, flake, flatten, gash, gouge, grate, mangle, mash, mince, nick, notch, perforate, pulverize, scrunch, shred, slice, slit, smash, squash, squish.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of grind: cranch / craunch / crunch
    • more generic word: press = exert pressure or force to or upon
  2. make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
  3. work hard
  4. dance by rotating the pelvis in an erotically suggestive way, often while in contact with one's partner such that the dancers' legs are interlaced
  5. reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
  6. created by grinding
    • example: grind designs into the glass bowl
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
  7. shape or form by grinding
    • example: grind lenses for glasses and cameras
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: forge / form / mold / mould / shape / work = make something, usually for a specific function

Alternative definition of the verb grind


  1. To make smaller by breaking with a device.
  2. To rotate the hips suggestively.
  3. [context: metalworking] To remove material by rubbing with an abrasive surface.
  4. [sports] To slide the flat portion of a skateboard or snowboard across an obstacle such as a railing.
  5. [video games] To repeat a task in a MMORPG or role-playing video game in order to gain levels or items.
  6. [slang, Hawaii] To eat.


  1. Grind a.k.a. Grindcore is an extreme genre of music that originated in the early- to mid-1980s. It draws inspiration from some of the most abrasive-sounding music genres – including thrash metal, industrial music, noise music and the more extreme varieties of hardcore punk, such as crust punk. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks. Early groups like Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gory subject matter and black humor.
  2. "Grind" is a song by American rock band Alice in Chains and the lead single from their album Alice in Chains. It serves as the opening track to the album but, despite being its first single, did not experience the radio longevity of some of its contemporaries. The song was included on the compilation albums Nothing Safe: Best of the Box, Music Bank, Greatest Hits, and The Essential Alice in Chains. Jerry Cantrell sings lead vocals on the song with Layne Staley harmonizing with him. To date, this is the only publicly released AIC song to use standard E-tuning. The dog on the single's cover is Sunshine the dog, who is also seen on the cover for the tripod album.
  3. "Grind" is the 1995 single by Alice in Chains.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  4. "Grind" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  5. "Grind" is a composition.
  6. "grind" is a musical album of KETTLES.
    • released on
  7. "Grind" is a musical single of Robert Armani, Raymond Funnye, Alvin Carr.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  8. "Grind" is a musical album of Kenosha Kid.
  9. "Grind" is a musical single of Mary Beats Jane.


  1. "Grind" is a musical with a book by Fay Kanin, music by Larry Grossman, and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh. Grind is a portrait of a largely African-American burlesque house in Chicago in the Thirties.
  2. "Grind" is a book by Eric Walters.
    • also known as "Grind (Orca Soundings)"
    • genres: Fiction, Children's literature
    • subjects: Adolescence, Recreation, Sports, Friendship, Technology


  1. "Grind" is a 2003 American adventure, comedy film about four young aspiring amateur skaters Eric Rivers, Matt Jensen, Dustin Knight, and Sweet Lou Singer who are trying to make it in the world of pro skateboarding by pulling insane stunts in front of pro skater Jimmy Wilson. The film has developed a cult following.
  2. "Grind" is a 1997 drama film directed by Chris Kentis.
  3. "Grind" is a short film, directed by Zachary Halley.


Grind is a board game by Privateer Press. It is the first of their board games to be based on Warmachine. It is a steam-punk game where the players control teams of 5 machines called warjacks and pit them against each other to force a huge spiked ball called the grinder into their opponents goal pit.


  1. Grind a.k.a. Grinding is a term used in video gaming to describe the process of engaging in repetitive tasks during video games. The most common usage is in the context of MMORPGs like Realm of the Mad God, Tibia, or Lineage in which it is often necessary for a character to repeatedly kill AI-controlled monsters, using basically the same strategy over and over again to advance their character level to be able to access newer content. MUDs, generally sharing much of the same gameplay as MMORPGs, often feature grinding as well. Grinding may be required by some games to unlock additional features such as level progression or additional items.
  2. Grind: In skateboarding, Grinds are tricks that involve the skateboarder sliding along an object using the trucks of a skateboard rather than the wheels. Grinds can be performed on any object narrow enough to fit between wheels and are often performed on the coping of a skate ramp, a purpose-built "funbox", step, ledge or horizontally-positioned pole.
  3. The grind of a blade refers to the shape of the cross-section of the blade. It is distinct from the blade profile, though different tools and blades may have lent their name to a particular grind.
  4. Grind: Grinding is a sliding stunt performed in many extreme sports. Stances in which slides are performed are known as grinds.
  5. Grind is a 1985 theater production of the play by Fay Kanin.

Phrases with Grind

Phrases starting with the word Grind:

  1. grind out
  2. grind away
  3. grind down
  4. grind organ
  5. grind to a halt
  6. Grind One's Gears

Phrases ending with the word Grind:

  1. Daily Grind
  2. Bump and Grind
  3. An Axe To Grind
  4. Have an Axe to Grind
  5. To Have an Axe to Grind

Other phrases containing the word Grind:

  1. to grind down
  2. Mills of the Gods Grind Slowly

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grind

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Google previewChemical & Metallurgical Engineering (1922)

by Eugene Franz Roeber, Howard Coon Parmelee

A coarse grind means more abrasive qualities, ability to stand greater wear and tear and greater porosity.

All told, grind is an important factor, and whereas it does not influence breakage as heavily as some other factors, it does have a ...

Google previewMovin on Up (2005)

by Robert Gordon, Tom Burgoyne

The Daily Grind is an independent, old-timey, sit-and- unwind coffeehouse that serves tasty homemade sandwiches and hearty Java and features live local music on the weekends. Gamburg's Furniture is the only Gamburg's Furniture in ...

Google previewEnergy Flash (2012)

A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture by Simon Reynolds

Hugely popular with Michigan's black working class, ghetto tech's lewd bump 'n' grind is a world away from the refined atmosphere of Detroit techno and its satellite scenes from Berlin to London. Yet in Detroit itself, the bangin' porno- electro of ...

Google previewMazdaznan Encyclopaedia Of Dietetics And Home Cook Book

Grind up three-quarters of a pound of seeded raisins, one-quarter of a pound of figs, with three tablespoonfuls of fiaxseed; add two pounds of coarse flour and mix and bake in same manner as unfermented bread.“ Use fresh when quick relief ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs (2007)

by Martin H. Manser

the mill cannot grind with the water that is past There is no point in looking back with regret on missed opportunities; used either to ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English (2009)

by Tom Dalzell

grind film | grit grind film noun a pornographic movie, usually with crude production values and no plot or character development us, 1977 • Just keep that crumpled sepia 1947 grind film in the basement and enjoy it next time one of your ...

Google previewDictionary of Caribbean English Usage (2003)

by Richard Allsopp, Jeannette Allsopp

GRIND GROU-GROU ringed and its compound leaves armed with sharp black spines; it grows to about 20 ft and bears clusters of small edible fruit with a hard seed and scanty pulp, one variety scarlet and pea-sized; Marttnesia caryotaefolia ...

Google previewThe Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (2006)

by Elizabeth Jewell

grind /grind/ q v. (past and past part, ground /grownd/) 1 a rr. reduce to particles or powder by crushing, b intr . (of a mill, machine, etc.) move with a crushing action. 2 a rr. reduce, sharpen, ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1895)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell. To which is Added a Concise Bibliography of English Literature by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Grind. Grifi'en Horse (The) belonged to Atlantés, the magician, but was made use of by Roge'ro, Astolpho, and others. It flew through the air at the bidding of the rider, and landed him where be listed. (Ariosto : Orlando Furioso.) Griflin. A cadet ...

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Usage statistics about grind

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Quotes about Grind

The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind finely.
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Scrabble value of G2R1I1N1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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